rmhouse-history1Our Doors Have Been Open For Over 30 Years

Since the day we opened the doors of the Ronald McDonald House® of Scranton in 1986, we have never closed them. Not for a day, not for an hour. Families depend on us, and we depend on the thousands of people who have supported us faithfully and who continue to support the RMH of Scranton to ensure that our doors are always open.

The First Ronald McDonald House® – Philadelphia, 1974

In 1974 the first Ronald McDonald House® opened its doors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time Kim Hill, the daughter of Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill, was undergoing treatment for leukemia. Throughout Kim’s treatment, her father recognized the need for a supportive environment away from the hospital for families of seriously ill children. He enlisted the aid of his teammates and local McDonald’s® restaurant owners to raise funds that would help purchase and renovate the first Ronald McDonald House®.

The first Ronald McDonald House® was named, not only because of McDonald’s® fundraising support but also for the positive, hopeful, and fun-loving feeling Ronald McDonald was able to instill into the minds of so many children.

Today there are over 300 Ronald McDonald Houses® located world-wide. Every Ronald McDonald House® is autonomous and is owned by a not-for-profit corporation in the city where it is located.